The Spitzer Space Telescope has located some elusive carbon molecules floating in space. Called "Buckyballs," due to their resemblance to architect Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes, these three-dimensional, spherical structures are now the largest molecules known to exist in space, and until now, have escaped detection. Buckyballs hold unique properties in the physical and chemical processes of space . Topic: What -- Spitzer Space Telescope
The research and development by NASA Aeronautics of next generation "green" technologies and systems are highlighted in this parody of a "coming attraction" trailer produced by NASA Television. The video is one of six pseudo-trailers created for a NASA movie-themed exhibit at an international conference. To learn more about NASA's efforts to reduce aviation noise, emissions, fuel burn and flight delays, visit www.aeronautics.nasa.gov
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered what astronomers believe is the most distant object ever seen in the universe: a tiny, compact galaxy of blue stars that existed 13.2 billion years ago. Also, NASA administrator stumps for STEM; ISS's present and future visitors; shuttle Columbia's"Article of Hope;" Optimus Prime's NASA connection; and Apollo 14 remembered. Topics: What -- Apollo 14, What -- STS-107
Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer's voyage on the International Space Station is featured from his launch aboard a Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft in December 2009, to his landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan in June of this year. Topic: Where -- Kazakhstan
NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun briefs employees about the structure of his new office, future innovative technologies, and agency-wide technology policy and programs. Braun also answers questions from agency employees.
Expedition 25 crew members Oleg Skripochka, Scott Kelly and Sasha Kaleri lifted off in the Soyuz capsule for the International Space Station. They're joining Commander Doug Wheelock, Fyodo Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker, who have been in orbit since June. Also, the Congress approved the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, paving the way for the agency's future exploration plans. Plus, Mars Meteorite, Back in the Air, the Best Station Views, and more. Topics: Who -- Scott Kelly, Where -- Mars
NASA Television's 2010 Season's Greetings ID takes us on a journey through some of Hubble's most beautiful images and ends with a view of a peaceful Earth through the cupola of the International Space Station. This piece was created by Mark R. Hailey, NASA Television's Art Director with piano accompaniment by Michael Chao. Topic: What -- Earth
From sea ice melting, to massive ice sheets contributing to level rise, "What's Happening in the Arctic?" looks at the various factors relating to climate change in the planet's Arctic region. NASA scientist Tom Wagner provides an overview of the agency's unique monitoring and research activities. Hosted by Tiffany Nail.
In this episode of NASA Behind the Scenes, astronaut Mike Massimino talks with astronaut Terry Virts as well as Stephanie Turner, one of the people who keeps the astronaut corps in line. Mass also takes you into the training room where a traditional offering of pulled pork keeps astronaut trainers happy. Finally, Mass will attempt -- unsuccessfully -- to talk about how he learned astronaut Charlie Hobaugh's call sign, "Scorch."
Comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney, a.k.a. "Larry the Cable Guy," suggests that those not already tuned to NASA Television should alter their viewing habits. This testimonial is one in a series of three station IDs videotaped by Whitney on a recent visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Kopra, of Austin, Tex., served with the Expedition 20 crew as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station. He launched with the STS-127 crew aboard space shuttle Endeavour on July 15, 2009 and returned to Earth with the STS-128 crew aboard space shuttle Discovery on September 11, 2009. During the two shuttle missions and tour of duty aboard station, Kopra performed one spacewalk totaling 5 hours and 2 minutes, executed assembly tasks with the space station and Japanese robotic... Topics: What -- TEX, What -- Earth, Where -- Austin, What -- Space Shuttle Endeavour
The home of the Houston Astros is visited by six NASA astronauts who use the backdrop of Minute Maid Park for their crew photo, on "STS-132: Behind the Scenes, Vol. 4." The Atlantis crew of Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Steve Bowen, Piers Sellers, Garrett Reisman and Mike Good will deliver to the International Space Station the Russian-built Mini Research Module, "Rassvet." Topics: Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
As the 10 year anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station is commemorated, Administrator Charles Bolden congratulates the thousands of NASA employees and contractors, as well as NASA's international partners, for making the important milestone possible. Topic: Who -- Charles Bolden
The launch of space shuttle Discovery is now targeted for 3:52 p.m. EDT Wednesday, after technicians worked overnight to repair helium and nitrogen leaks in Discovery's right-hand Orbital Maneuvering System pod.
Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Shannon Walker and Doug Wheelock discussed their mission with Voice of America and ABC News during a pair of in-flight interviews on Sept. 14. Caldwell Dyson is scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 23, to complete more than five months in space. Topic: What -- Earth
The six STS-132 crew members continued preparations for their return to Earth as space shuttle Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers are scheduled to land on Wednesday, May 26, concluding their 12-day mission and the 32nd and final flight of the Atlantis orbiter. Topics: What -- Earth, Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
Dr. Mike Duncan, one of four NASA personnel who aided in the rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners from an underground chamber, presents "Chilean Miner Rescue: the NASA Experience." Duncan talks about the team's efforts in Chile, and its subsequent visit to the White House. Topic: Where -- Chile
Before their departure from the International Space Station, the six STS-132 astronauts joined up with the six members of the Expedition 23 crew to take questions from American, Russian and Japanese journalists about their week together in space. The STS-132 astronauts, Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers have begun their return to Earth. They're scheduled to land aboard space shuttle Atlantis on Wednesday. Topics: What -- Earth, Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
The prelaunch mission management team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center say Friday's scheduled launch of space shuttle Atlantis on STS-132 is still a "go", with weather remaining favorable for a 2:20 p.m. Eastern liftoff from Pad 39A.
On this week's show...More Milestones On the Road to the Final Shuttle Launch; New Eagles Land at Dryden; Space Art on the Fly; Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month; A Student's Dreams Realized, and a Bilingual Online Chat.
Expedition 24 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker lifted off on their Russian Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft June 15, 2010, at 5:35 p.m. EDT, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch begins a two-day journey to the International Space Station; the trio's spacecraft will dock to the station June 18. Yurchikhin, Wheelock and Walker will spend six months on the complex, complementing the Expedition 24 crew of Alexander Skvortsov,... Topics: Where -- Kazakhstan, Who -- Fyodor Yurchikhin
At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians at Launch Pad 39A are working to repair small cracks on the tops of two metal support beams, called stringers, on space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank. Teams have removed 13-inches of metal from the tops of the two stringers and installed new sections of metal, called a doubler, in the cracked metal's place as part of the repair method. It's called a doubler because it's twice as thick as the original stringer metal. Video b-roll... Topic: Where -- Florida
Expedition 25 has ended its stay at the International Space Station. The departing trio -- Doug Wheelock, Shannon Walker and Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin -- undocked in the Soyuz TMA-19 at 8:23 p.m. EST. Staying behind are Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka. Though the ceremonial change-of-command ceremony occurred Wednesday, their increment officially began when the Soyuz TMA-19 undocked. Topics: Who -- Alexander Kaleri, Who -- Scott Kelly, Who -- Fyodor Yurchikhin
The ISS Progress 40 cargo ship docked to the Pirs Docking Compartment at the International Space Station October 30, 2010, delivering 2 and a half tons of food, fuel, spare parts and supplies for the Expedition 25 crew. The manual docking came three days after the Progress was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Topics: Where -- Kazakhstan, What -- Progress 40
Using their hand-held, high-definition video camera, members of the STS-132 crew record their experiences and milestones of their eighth day in space that included the missions final spacewalk. Between them, Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen and Mike Good performed three EVAs outside the International Space Station. The three astronauts, along with STS-132 Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialist Piers Sellers, are scheduled to return to Earth aboard space shuttle Atlantis on... Topics: What -- Earth, Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully launched into Earth orbit aboard the company's Falcon 9 vehicle on Wed., Dec. 8. The flight is a demonstration test for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to develop commercial supply services to the International Space Station and encourage the growth of the commercial space industry. Topic: What -- Earth
NASA's Robonaut 2, known as R2, on Monday inaugurated its Twitter account, @AstroRobonaut. With the help of its supporting team the robot will document its preparations for launch and, eventually, its stay at the International Space Station. R2 s scheduled to travel to the station aboard Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission, targeted to launch in November. For the past several months R2 has been undergoing tests and upgrades at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. In August it will be... Topic: Where -- Florida
STS-132 Commander Ken Ham and his five crew members capture high-definition video of Flight Day 11 of their mission to the International Space Station. The day's milestones included the final safety check of space shuttle Atlantis that cleared the crew for its scheduled return to Earth on Wednesday. Topic: What -- Earth
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 26 Soyuz Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, NASA Flight Engineer Cady Coleman and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli participated in a variety of activities from Dec. 3-10, 2010. They prepared for launch Dec. 16, Baikonur time, in their Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft to the International Space Station. The footage includes the crew members' arrival in Baikonur, their suited and unsuited fit checks in their Soyuz spacecraft, the raising of... Topic: Where -- Kazakhstan
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Russian ISS Progress 40 cargo ship launched at 11:11 a.m. EDT (9:11 p.m. Baikonur time) on Oct. 27, for a three-day journey to the International Space Station. Carrying 2 ∏ tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 25 crew, the Progress is scheduled to dock to the Pirs Docking Compartment Oct. 30, just two days before the scheduled Nov. 1 launch of space shuttle Discovery to the orbital complex on the STS-133 mission. Topics: What -- Progress 40, Where -- Kazakhstan
The late-mission inspection that showed space shuttle Atlantis's heat shield ready for re-entry is among the video highlights of Flight Day 11 of STS-132. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers have been cleared by mission managers for their scheduled landing on Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Topics: Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly and flight engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli answer questions about their lives aboard the International Space Station from MSNBC and the Greenfield, Mass. Recorder. Topic: Who -- Scott Kelly
"Larry the Cable Guy" declares NASA TV as his choice for optimal television viewing. This testimonial is one in a series of three station IDs performed by comedian Daniel Lawrence Whitney on a recent visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Video captured by the STS-132 crew shows the shuttle's empty external tank floating back to Earths atmosphere where it will burn up after helping send shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts into space. It took the orbiter and its crew of Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers about eight-and-a-half minutes to reach the required speed of 17,500 m.p.h. to reach Earths orbit. Topics: Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory believe they've discovered what could be the youngest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood -- a mere 30 years old. The "baby" black hole is a remnant of SN 1979C, a supernova in the galaxy M100 about 50 million light years from Earth. Scientists believe that SN1979C, discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1979, formed with the collapse of a star about 20 times more massive than our Sun. The object's detection provides a unique... Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- M100, What -- Opportunity, What -- Sun
A look back at the successful 12-day flight to the International Space Station of Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli, and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Piers Sellers, Mike Good and Steve Bowen aboard space shuttle Atlantis, the orbiter's 32nd and final mission. Topics: Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
Technicians reapplied foam insulation around space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 25. Discovery was moved from Launch Pad 39A back to the VAB on Dec. 21, 2010, so crews could make modifications to 94 support beams, called stringers, around the external tank's entire intertank section. Launch for Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is targeted for Feb. 24. Topic: Where -- Florida
The Countdown to launch continues as the Space Shuttle Program's Mission Management Team votes unanimously to proceed toward Discovery's re-targeted Wednesday liftoff at 3:52 p.m. Eastern. On the launch pad, technicians load oxygen and hydrogen into the system that gives Discovery its electrical power during the mission.
The second spacewalk of STS-132 highlighted the mission's Flight Day 6 as Mission Specialists Mike Good and Steve Bowen began the process of replacing batteries on the P6 truss segment of the International Space Station. The task will be completed by Good and Garrett Reisman on the third and final EVA of the mission scheduled for Friday. Topic: Who -- Garrett Reisman
Technicians at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida continue repairs to small cracks on the tops of two metal support beams, called stringers, on space shuttle Discovery's external tank, or ET. Teams have built an environmental enclosure in an area around the stringers, which will provide the proper temperature and humidity when foam insulation is reapplied to the tops of the stringers following the repairs. The stringer cracks developed as the ET was being filled for... Topic: Where -- Florida
SpaceX officials discuss the final preparations for the launch of the Falcon 9 and its Dragon spacecraft. The demonstration test for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services is scheduled for Tuesday morning from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Topic: Where -- Florida
Stott, who calls Clearwater, Fla. her hometown, completed her first long duration space flight as a Flight Engineer on the ISS Expeditions 20 and 21 crews. She launched to the International Space Station on the Space Shuttle Discovery with the crew of STS-128 on August 28, 2009. Nicole performed one spacewalk along with her STS-128 crewmate Danny Olivas with a total duration of 6 hours and 39 minutes. She returned on the Space Shuttle Atlantis with the crew of STS-129 on November 29, 2009,...
The cable snag that forced STS-132 astronauts to use a backup mode to survey space shuttle Atlantis Thermal Protection System (TPS) is among the topics highlighted on the crews Flight Day 2. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Steve Bowen, Mike Good and Piers Sellers are scheduled to join up with the Expedition 23 crew on Sunday. Topics: Who -- Piers Sellers, Who -- Garrett Reisman
SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully launched into Earth orbit aboard the company's Falcon 9 vehicle on Wed., Dec. 8. The spacecraft then safely re-entered the atmosphere and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.The flight is a demonstration test for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program to develop commercial supply services to the International Space Station and encourage the growth of the commercial space industry. Topic: What -- Earth
Mission managers discuss space shuttle Discovery's coming delivery to the station of Robonaut 2, or R2, on STS-133. It'll be the first human-like robot in space when it flies on STS-133 on Nov. 1 to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station.
Expedition 24 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker arrived at the International Space Station June 17, docking their craft to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module on the Russian segment of the station. A few hours later, the hatch opened and Yurchikhin, Wheelock and Walker were greeted by Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who've been on the station since April. The three newcomers were also welcomed by... Topics: Where -- Moscow, Who -- Fyodor Yurchikhin, What -- Zvezda